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Free Income Qualified Pre-Kindergarten Classes Open to Applicants

April 19, 2016, 11:17 AM HST
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kindergarten PIXABAYApplications for free pre-kindergarten classes during the 2016-17 school year are being accepted for nine locations throughout the Big Island and 19 total programs across the state.

The program, which is funded by the State of Hawai’i, offers free classes throughout the state where the need is the greatest. Child qualification is based on poverty guidelines and age requirements.

On the Big Island, the program is being held in several locations, including Honoka’a Elementary, Ho’okena Elementary, Kea’au Elementary, Keonepoko Elementary, Konawaena Elementary, Mountain View Elementary, Na’alehu Elementary, Pahala Elementary, and Pahoa Elementary schools.

“Many keiki in Hawai‘i whose families can’t afford preschool may lag behind throughout their school years. All children should enter school ready and able to succeed,” said Lauren Moriguchi, director of the Executive Office on Early Learning.

Each pre-kindergarten class is limited to 20 students, and placement is based on order in which applications and their required documents are received.

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Applications are accepted throughout the year with priority given to those who apply by April 29.

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Children must be four years old on or before July 31, 2016 to qualify and families must fall within certain income brackets.

To review eligibility requirements, visit the Early Leaning website, where you can also download an application.

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